No going back now....
This week, Richard Irvin are in replacing our central heating system in the church. During the chilly winter months, the current system was struggling to heat the large sanctuary space to a level we were happy with. This new and improved zoned system will make our church warmer and our heating more efficient. Even in practical things, it's good to "...do all to the glory of God." (1 Cor 10:31)
There will be an informal evening of games and fellowship at the church on Saturday 23rd at 7pm, for all the young people of the congregation. This will be followed by a short talk by Kevin Macdonald.
All are welcome to come along
Our first Bible study of 2019 will be held this Friday (8th February) at the church, meeting to start at 7:30pm.
We'll continue our study in Isaiah, which has seen us cover things that are so relevant to our own day.
All are welcome and refreshments will follow, along with a time of informal fellowship.
On the 6th February, the Scottish Government held a consultation event in Aberdeen on the campaign, 'One Scotland: Consultation on Current Hate Crime Legislation.' Our Minister was able to get along to be part of the discussion group.
At the weekly prayer meeting, we had a review of the proposed legislation. The Government appear very determined to proceed with this, regardless of the consultation. Rev. McGlynn raised some important matters and felt some of the Biblical views presented were respected, if not fully heeded.
The government website interestingly uses a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King to add some gravitas to a policy which has blatantly targeted religious groups (some would say especially Bible-believing Christians) with their recent poster campaign (see image below). Freedom of speech and thought is very much under threat unless we agree with things that are in direct violation to the Bible's teaching.
The consultation is on-going, and it can be responded to online until the 24th February. The Christian Institute have issued a briefing document, which can be seen here.
As Christians, this must be a priority for prayer and after our review evening on Wednesday, we are a little better informed as to some of the dangers we may face.
Image courtesy of ET, https://www.evangelical-times.org/44886/society-scottish-hate-posters-cause-outrage/
At midday on the 1st of January, 2019, we will hold a service of thanks-giving for the year gone by.
The transition from one year to another is always a time for reflection, where we look back at the year gone by and look forward to what may lay ahead for us. What better way to begin the year than by looking to God with thankfulness, and also for His continued love and guidance in the year to come.
All are warmly invited.